In a new research report it is revealed the “fat but fit” theory is nothing but a myth and overweight people should not believe on it.
The researchers continue saying overweight may increase the risk of heart disease even if one believes he or she is otherwise healthy.
Lead author Dr. Camille Lassale said the extra weight is a risk factor and one should try to reduce it by maintaining a body weight within the healthy range.
He added,, “Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight or obese, all efforts should be made to help them get back to a healthy weight, regardless of other factors.”
The study was led by Imperial College London and Cambridge University scientists and the team analyzed data of over half a million people from several countries in Europe. It is found there could be 28 percent more chance of coronary heart disease for overweight people.
The study further adds fat in the body is associated with disease as well as poor health.
“I think there is no longer this concept of healthy obese,” said Dr. Ioanna Tzoulaki from Imperial’s School of Public Health.
She further added, “If anything, out study shows that people with excess weight who might be classed as ‘healthy’ haven’t developed an unhealthy metabolic profile.”
Details of the study are published in the European Heart Journal.